Leaders put on notice over complicity in illegal brew

Leaders in Nyansiongo location, Borabu Sub-county, Nyamira County have been put on notice over alleged complicity in illegal brew trade.

Speaking during a stakeholder meeting with NACADA at Kijauri Township Monday, County Commissioner, Isaiah Nakoru castigated the area chief Onsombi Mikuongo, assistant chiefs Elijah Abuga and Beatrice Barongo, among elders and Nyumba Kumi leaders over the escalating crime under their watch.

Nakoru said collusion of leaders with criminal elements was making it difficult to stamp out the menace and warned them of possibility of removal from office if things did not change.

CC urged the local police to be more vigilant in arresting culprits for prosecution, saying drunkenness would derail the government from meeting its 4 agendas if the population is not sober.

NACADA CEO, Victor Okioma said major bottlenecks in combating alcoholism and drugs of addiction included corruption, self-interests among the leaders mandated with the responsibility and lack of accountability by inspecting and licensing officers.

Noting that rehabilitation for addicts was expensive, with the cheapest costing Sh. 30,000 a month, the CEO appealed to residents to strive in prevention of the vice, rather than cure.

He cited Uasin Gishu and Iten Counties as leaders in the fight against the vice with the best interagency committee and a good rehabilitation facility respectively.

Meanwhile the war against illicit brew has intensified in Uasin Gishu County as 580 liters were Monday destroyed in Ngeny Village in Olare location.

In a crackdown led by the area Ag.Chief Benson Mwaura his Assistant and Administration Police Officers said they raided the village like storm, and thus managed to expose 380 liters of Kangara, 150 liters of Busaa and 30 liters of Chang’aa stored in jerry can hide in dug holes and other hide in secret joints within the compound.

The brew which was ready for consumption was destroyed while the brewers managed to escape the administrators’ dragnet.

The Chief warned the area residents against engaging in the vice, saying that anybody found shall be arrested and be charged in a court of law without fear and discrimination.

Source: Kenya News Agency